Roma continued their pursuit of Juventus on the summit of Serie A even as Milan fell short after their victory against the table leaders.
Edin Dzeko continued his hot streak in front of goal so that Roma could battle back despite going a goal down to win 3-1 at Sassuolo.
The Bosnian international had already hit the crossbar before he equalised on 57 minutes, and then won and converted a 76th-minute penalty.
The Bosnia international has now scored 10 goals in as many games and he was just the goalscorer Roma needed after they fell behind to Paolo Cannavaro’s 12th-minute header.
Meanwhile, Milan missed the chance to go top of Serie A, and instead fell to fourth place in the table after they were heavily beaten away against Genoa.
The team was down to ten men in the second half after defender Gabriel Paletta was sent off in the second half for a wild two-footed lunge on Genoa’s Luca Rigoni; and with goals from Nikola Ninkovic and Leonardo Pavoletti, as well as Juraj Kucka’s own goal, Genoa condemned Milan to defeat.
For league leaders Juventus, it was almost a warm-up match against Sampdoria as the Champions prepare to welcome Napoli in a summit battle this weekend.
The Bianconeri looked prepared for a battle on the summit of the Italian top-flight, with Mario Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini scoring confident early goals and, after struggling Samp responded through maiden scorer Patrik Schick, Bosnia’s Miralem Pjanic propelled Juve clear on top of the table with a two point margin.